ERoad, BCMI elevate concrete supply chain

Jan. 22, 2024
New transportation technology collaboration to improve transparency, efficiency for shared ready-mix fleets, and haulers of bulk materials like asphalt and cement

ERoad and Bulk Construction Materials Initiative (BCMI) are working together to enhance supply chain sustainability and improve efficiency for ready-mix concrete fleets and haulers of bulk materials, including aggregates, asphalt, and cement.

Current plans include integrating ERoad’s “Drive” application with BCMI’s dispatch system to deliver critical business insights and operational transparency, the companies reported. Their partnership offers a range of potential benefits for drivers, back-office teams, and fleet managers, including greater visibility of the status and location of assets, loads and materials for users across the ready-mix supply chain, supporting opportunities for better communication, streamlined workflows, and overall fleet management. 

“This collaboration represents a significant milestone for ERoad as we continue to pioneer innovative solutions in the rapidly evolving field of specialized transportation technology,” Dean Marris, ERoad chief data science officer, said in a news release. “By joining forces with BCMI, we are positioned to deliver unparalleled value to our shared ready-mix customers by aiding with plant-to-site visibility, turning complex data into actionable information, streamlining workflow, enhancing efficiency, and ultimately, driving greater business success.

“This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements and providing cutting-edge solutions that empower fleets to navigate the challenges of modern-day logistics.”

ERoad’s Drive app can be installed on Android-based tablets that exist in the cabs of ready-mix concrete trucks that use CoreHub, ERoad’s telematics gateway device. Job ticketing details—with supporting information—are sent from BCMI’s dispatch platform to drivers’ tablets running ERoad’s app. Subsequently, auto-status updates and log-in details are transmitted between BCMI and ERoad for logging and analysis.

Text messages can be sent to and received from the Drive app, displaying on drivers’ in-cab tablets and visible from BCMI’s dispatch system.

Customers can look forward to:

  • Greater efficiency: The transmission of data and information across the ERoad and BCMI systems, reducing the need for drivers to engage with multiple hardware and software systems, while also eliminating the need for double entries in disparate applications.
  • Enhanced driver communication: Capabilities for streamlining job workflow and sending of messages from dispatchers directly to drivers’ tablets keeping them informed of critical updates about their assets and loads.
  • Added functionality: Unlocking access for users to relevant data insights from both ERoad and BCMI platforms, without having to toggle between systems.

“Together, we aim to redefine the landscape of fleet management for concrete haulers and construction companies through the seamless integration of our platforms,” said Craig Yeack, BCMI president and co-founder. “The combined strengths of ERoad and BCMI will not only elevate the capabilities of our respective technologies, but also set new standards for reliability, scalability, and innovation in the industry.

“We are committed to pursuing synergies that will empower our mutual clients to thrive in an ever-changing business environment.”